The Center For Buffalo’s Industrial Growth

Buffalo New York-The Old First Ward

Old First Ward
Mural in the “old First Ward” in Buffalo New York


“Buffalo Historian Mike Vogel looks back at the Old First Ward’s history here in Buffalo. In 1832, the first ward became one of five districts in Buffalo, essentially encompassing the entire waterfront area and becoming the center for Buffalo’s industrial growth.

“The Irish, who had first come here to help dig the Canal stayed here… They were augmented in the late 1840’s by refugees from the famine… and they settle in this area in order to work the port,” said Vogel.”  

The mural in this historic waterfront area displays the “shamrocks” as a tribute to the Irish folks who helped make this neighborhood a thriving industrial area.

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Word of the day/Shamrock